December 31, 2010, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Culinary


This is my favorite champagne occasion cocktail, but I lifted that notion from Mike- based on it’s own merits, of course.  The original recipe comes from legendary bon vivant Charles Baker’s ‘The Gentleman’s Companion’, a sort of cub scout manual full of florid anecdotes of skull splitting drinks in exotic locales.  Baker included it under “FIVE DELICIOUS CHAMPAGNE OPPORTUNITIES, which are not to be ignored.”  Exactly.

The original recipe goes like this:
“Fill a big 16 oz thin crystal goblet with finely cracked ice.  In the diametrical center of this frosty mass went a lump of sugar well saturated with Angostura [bitters], then 2 jiggers of good French cognac, then fill the glass with chilled champagne, finally floating on very carefully 2 TB of genuine green chartreuse- no pineapple, no mint sprig, no cherry garnish.”

Seeing as his starts on a base of 3 oz of cognac, and assuming you don’t have a death wish, I am adapting it for modern usage by roughly splitting the recipe.

The Jimmy Roosevelt

Fill a glass with crushed ice.
Add one sugar cube soaked with 2 or 3 dashes Angostura Bitters (No cube: improvise)
Add 1.5 oz Cognac
Nearly fill glass with champagne
Float 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse

Voila! Enjoy.


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